Somewhere along the way, the charming Town of Chatham earned the distinction “Prettiest Little Town in Southside Virginia.” At no time of year is that more evident than in the spring, when the trees are freshly green, and the maples, dogwoods, and azaleas add all their colors to the scene. Along with the natural beauty of the landscape, Chatham also offers a look back at our history and heritage, and a cast of friendly and welcoming citizens to provide a lovely visit to friends, soon-to-be friends, and family.
Chatham has served as the County Seat for the largest county in the Commonwealth, Pittsylvania County, since 1777. This is immediately proclaimed by the beautiful and historic courthouse, situated right in the middle of Main Street. The courthouse was completed in 1853, is listed as a Virginia’s National Historical Landmark, and remains the centerpiece of the Town. Another feature is the 1813 Clerk’s Office, also on the Historic Register, and which houses a museum with over 1,000 local historical artifacts. Those interested in history might visit the Pittsylvania History Center, housed in the 1919 Train Depot and operated by the Pittsylvania County Library, and boasts extensive materials for genealogical research. Along the beautiful, tree-shaded Main Street, stunning homes welcome all visitors.
Visitors will also enjoy dining at one of the restaurants in town, including newly opened Gena’s Place, Hunt & Co, El Cazador, or J&T’s on the Main. Studio 29 has also recently expanded salon services and offers a fun shopping experience at Pruden & Main Boutique, and Twisted Herd Mercantile offers unique clothing and accessories. Shadetree Rare Books offers a wide selection of books on American and Virginia history and more.
On the fourth Saturday of each month, April through October, from 4pm to 8pm, the Town welcomes the Virginia-Carolina Classic Chevy Club, and friends, which fills the Town with amazing customized and restored vehicles of all kinds. The event also features a food truck and collects canned goods for the Northern Pittsylvania County Food Bank.
Chatham enjoys two renowned private schools, Chatham Hall and Hargrave Military Academy. Both campuses are lovely and students can frequently be seen strolling through town and engaging in community events.
The most wonderful thing about the Town of Chatham is the sense of community felt by all of its citizens. Whether a fourth-generation family resident or a relative newcomer, all are encouraged to feel a part of the community. There are many civic groups that contribute to the quality of life in the area and offer opportunities to serve, including church, volunteer fire and rescue, Chatham First, Rotary, Ruritan, Lions Club, Kiwanis, and others.
The Town of Chatham is a very special gem in the crown of Southside and we invite everyone to come and experience it for yourself.